The residence calculator helps you estimate the number of days you have lived in Australia. Use the results from the residence calculator as a guide only.
We base the assessment of your residential eligibility on the data we hold within departmental systems at lodgement of application.
The residence calculator does not automatically transfer any information you enter below into your citizenship application. You will need to enter this information into your ImmiAccount at the time of lodging your application.
How to use the calculator
To use the residence calculator, you need to enter exact dates of:
- your permanent residence
- your lawful residence
- your intended lodgement
- your travel in and out of Australia in the last 4 years
Permanent residence date
You need to know the date your permanent residency started.
In most circumstances, your permanent residency starts on the date:
- we granted the permanent visa when you were in Australia, or
- you first entered Australia on a permanent visa.
New Zealand citizens holding a Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa
Changes to the date of commencement of permanent residency apply for certain New Zealand citizens holding a Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa. Check your eligibility.
Lawful residence date
You need to know the date your 'lawful residence' started, that is, when you first started living in Australia on a valid visa.
For example, you might have arrived in Australia on 1 June 2012 holding a temporary visa. Then on 4 September 2016, we granted you a permanent visa. So, your lawful residence date is 1 June 2012 and your permanent residence date is 4 September 2016.
Intended lodgement date
Your intended lodgement date is the date you plan to lodge your application for Australian citizenship.
Absences from Australia
You need to know the dates you travelled in and out of Australia in the last 4 years. Select 'Add details' to enter those dates in the residence calculator.
If you plan to travel before lodging your application, include those future dates as well.